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Sydney Discovery Walks - Ultimate Ultimo Walk

Meet outside main entrance of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour. An early 19th century court case, a land grant and a joke led to an exciting inner-city suburb changing from cornfields and cow paddocks to Sydney’s industrial heart. Today it is a neighbourhood of modern city living, culture, entertainment and education. Wind your way from Darling Harbour to Railway Square and explore the history of this vibrant inner city precinct. Please note: This walk will... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
Sydney Discovery Walks - Ultimate Ultimo Walk

<strong>Meet outside main entrance of the Australian National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour.</strong><br/><p><br/>An early 19th century court case, a land grant and a joke led to an exciting

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Why the 20th Century Model of Unionism Isn't Working

From an all-time peak of 61% in the 1950s, the number of workers who are in unions now stands at just 15%. Yet exploitation is rife. There are new forms of work that create an uneven playing field and put the workplace relations system under strain. So there are two problems: we need more unions standing up for workers and they need a better legal framework to draw on. That is the premise of the ACTU’s #ChangeTheRules campaign. But of themselves these changes won’t make unions... [More]
$20 Limited inc GST
Why the 20th Century Model of Unionism Isn't Working

From an all-time peak of 61% in the 1950s, the number of workers who are in unions now stands at just 15%. Yet exploitation is rife. There are new forms of work that create an uneven playing field and

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Sad, Mad or Bad: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

What makes some behaviour acceptable and normal and others dysfunctional and abnormal? How can we decide whether someone is sad, mad or bad? This course examines psychological problems and how we treat them in our society. We will explore the role of environmental stress, genetics and other possible causes of these dysfunctional behaviours. Using examples from films we will examine contemporary issues in dysfunctional behaviour such as anxiety, depression, substance abuse and... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Sad, Mad or Bad: Introduction to Abnormal Psychology

<p>What makes some behaviour acceptable and normal and others dysfunctional and abnormal? How can we decide whether someone is sad, mad or bad? This course examines psychological problems and how we

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The Richness of Poetry: Marlowe to Heaney

The poets this course treats are English except for Frost, American; McAuley, Australian; and Heaney, Irish. I have chosen the poems for their imaginative and emotional impact. Hero and Leander, Marlowe’s last work, is a sensuous delight and Venus and Adonis the funniest and most moving of Shakespeare’s poems. Byron’s lyrics are gracious, his Don Juan outrageously funny. Hopkins was an incredible and confronting innovator. Frost, a modern American icon, was the voice of the common... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Richness of Poetry: Marlowe to Heaney

<p>The poets this course treats are English except for Frost, American; McAuley, Australian; and Heaney, Irish. I have chosen the poems for their imaginative and emotional impact. Hero and Leander,

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Convict Sydney

Convicts transported to Sydney were not ‘soul traded’ like slaves. The English government only owned their labour. Explore the vibrant world created by the management of the convict as worker with spare time in which he could sell his own labour or she could contrive to get a ‘shop’. Houses, food, clothes, shops, public buildings and the streets will be examined in detailed discussion of original documents. We are not interested in whether the convicts were ‘good’ or ‘bad’ but the... [More]
$166 Limited inc GST / $149
Convict Sydney

<p>Convicts transported to Sydney were not ‘soul traded’ like slaves. The English government only owned their labour. Explore the vibrant world created by the management of the convict as worker with

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May Day for Planet Earth and Workers

Celebrate May Day, the global celebration that celebrates the struggle of workers around the world. Learn about its history, its achievements and the contribution that the Australia’s union movement made to protecting the environment. Look at some case studies that reveal just how important the union movement has been to protect the environment that include the Cooks River National Park, the Rocks, the Great Barrier Reef and Lithgow’s Gardens of Stone. Following the course you are... [More]
$38 Limited inc GST
May Day for Planet Earth and Workers

Celebrate May Day, the global celebration that celebrates the struggle of workers around the world. Learn about its history, its achievements and the contribution that the Australia’s union movement

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Modern Revolutions in Latin America

After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-present), Chile (1970-73), Grenada (1979-1983), Nicaragua (1979-1990) and Venezuela (1998-present). In addressing themes like popular culture, women revolutionaries, internationalism, imperialism, neo-colonialism and indigenous societies, the course will integrate poetry, novel, music and... [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

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$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

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$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

...
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

...
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

...
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

...
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

...
$38 Limited inc GST / $34
Modern Revolutions in Latin America

<p>After an overview of Latin American independence struggles, we examine the history and influence of 7 iconic revolutions in chronological order: Mexico (1910-1920), Bolivia (1952), Cuba (1959-

...

The Essence of Shakespeare - Eight Great Plays Unpacked

Each week this course introduces one of Shakespeare’s unforgettably great plays by exploring what makes the characters tick and unpacking the great speeches. Ambition, love, hatred, jealousy, sacrifice – its all here in the world of Shakespeare. [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
The Essence of Shakespeare - Eight Great Plays Unpacked

Each week this course introduces one of Shakespeare’s unforgettably great plays by exploring what makes the characters tick and unpacking the great speeches. Ambition, love, hatred, jealousy,

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Poetry - Fabulous Forms and Features

This course introduces a different form of poetry each week and unpacks its form and features. Bask in ballads, ogle at odes, value villanelles, sigh at sonnets and purr at the pastorals. For poetry lovers and novices alike. [More]
$232 Limited inc GST / $209
Poetry - Fabulous Forms and Features

This course introduces a different form of poetry each week and unpacks its form and features. Bask in ballads, ogle at odes, value villanelles, sigh at sonnets and purr at the pastorals. For poetry

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

Stasiland: Germany behind the Iron Curtain (1949 – 1991)

The former German Democratic Republic (GDR), was founded 1949 on the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich. The Communist GDR was for 40 years a western outpost of the Soviet sphere of influence during the Cold War. Explore the history, politics, culture and social life of the ‘other’ German state. SUGGESTED READING Fulbrook, Mary, The People’s State: East German Society from Hitler to Honecker, New Haven / London: Yale University Press, 2008 Funder, Anna, Stasiland, Melbourne: Text... [More]
$145 Limited inc GST / $131
Stasiland: Germany behind the Iron Curtain (1949 – 1991)

<p>The former German Democratic Republic (GDR), was founded 1949 on the ruins of Hitler’s Third Reich. The Communist GDR was for 40 years a western outpost of the Soviet sphere of influence during the

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If there isn't a class to suit you, please the waiting list.

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